James O'Neill's blog

Windows Platform, Virtualization and PowerShell with a little Photography for good measure.

February, 2010

  • End of life planning.

    No. I’m not talking about sorting out the music for one’s funeral* … I think every manager I have had in my 10 years at Microsoft has grumbled that I’m not great with planning – it’s a fair criticism and I try to work on it. When the subject comes up...
  • The Zombie cookie apocalypse (or how flash bypasses privacy)

    Earlier this week I went to “Oxford Geek Night” and the title of one of title of one of the sessions was “The Zombie Cookie apocalypse” delivered by David Sheldon (I wish his slides were on-line so you could read more and I could give him a proper credit...
  • The Browser Choice Screen for Europe: What to Expect, When to Expect It

    Dave Heiner, one of our Vice Presidents and our Deputy General Counsel has posted an explanation of exactly what will be happening . I would expect something in due course to explain how organizations can prevent their users being presented with the choice...
  • What is Windows Azure ?

      One of the things that seemed odd when I first came to Microsoft, was the way we put up posters for our own internal consumption. I’ve long since grown used to it: inevitably some of these are interesting, some are not, some are eye-catching and...
  • Retirement Planning (for service packs)

    Yesterday I wrote about end-of-life planning for OSes and so it makes sense to talk about the end of a service pack, as retirement – it is after all the word that is used on the product lifecycle pages . Of course we don’t mean retirement in go and live...
  • Desktop virtualization update.

    On the MDOP blog there is an announcement   of new releases of both APP-V (which runs applications in a Virtualized “bubble” so they don’t clash with each other) and MED-V (which runs a centrally managed virtualized OS) App-V 4.6 can be accessed...
  • Installing Windows from a phone

    Arthur : “You mean you can see into my mind ?” Marvin: “Yes.” Arthur: “And … ?” Marvin: “It amazes me how you manage to live in anything that small” Looking back down the recent posts you might notice that this is the 8th in a row about my new phone ...
  • How to Kill IE 6

    Over the next few weeks I’m going to be talking about IE8  (and depending on what gets announced at Mix maybe IE9 as well). Whilst I don’t have the data to prove it I’m convinced a lot of people running Firefox are doing so as a way of getting a...
  • But I don’t want the default browser

    OK cards on the table. I’m prejudiced. I don’t pretend to be anything else, and I try to open about my biases - flaunt them even. And Like most prejudiced people I can explain the logical roots that my prejudices spring from. When it comes to browsers...
  • Windows 7 activation update.

    Over on the Windows blog there is a post talking about the update we are about to send out which is designed to catch some of the tricks being used by large scale pirates against Windows 7.  There was a time were an update to this technology would...
  • PowerShell and HyperV

    An update of the PowerShell library for Hyper-V has been posted to Codeplex. This is the R2 version which takes advantage of PowerShell 2 which is available on R2 versions of Hyper-V server and Core installations of Windows Server. It will manage Hyper...
  • Safer Internet day

    I don’t often paste things from senior Microsoft folks into my blog, but I’d like to quote some things from our managing director here in the UK, Gordon Frazer February 9 th marks Safer Internet Day , a vital drive to promote a safer internet for all...
  • Video, Windows 7 and Windows Phone

    I keep thinking back to the theft of my laptop last year. I’ve had maybe a dozen laptops over the years and I haven’t really the same bond with them that I have with, say, my cameras. Even so whichever laptop I happen to have at the time goes everywhere...
  • Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions

    Over on the MSPress blog they have an announcement Mitch Tulloch has updated his free ebook of last year. You can now download Understanding Microsoft Virtualization R2 Solutions in XPS format here and in PDF format here . I’ve worked with Mitch on a...
  • More tricks with the Windows phone. Remote desktop.

    I’m getting on reasonably well with my new HTC Touch Pro2, and Windows Mobile 6.5 (a.k.a Windows Phone). There are places where it has adapted well to being operated as a touch device – chunky menus and big buttons are essential – the 480 pixel wide screen...
  • Another trick of the Touch-Pro 2: Radio.

    The more I explore the features of the Touch-Pro 2 (and Windows Mobile 6.5 – or “Windows Phone” as the marketing people have it), the more I find to like. Being a Sunday I found myself with other parents from the village standing beside a freezing soccer...
  • Desktop Virtualization Hour

    I had a mail earlier telling me about desktop virtualization hour , planned for 4PM (GMT) on March 18th. (That’s 9AM Seattle time, 5PM CET … you can work out the others I’m sure). More information and a downloadable meeting request are Here . Some effort...
  • Windows Phone (again)

    In theory I was supposed to be taking a day off on Monday to look after my children on half term. (Note for parents, making hot cross buns at home is a fantastic way to occupy the kids.). A spot of car trouble killed off our trip to go swimming so I ended...
  • How to deploy Windows 7 – 3 useful posts

    I mentioned a few days back that I was going to write some posts about deploying Windows 7, but there is some good material out there already and there is no sense re-inventing the wheel So I’d like to recommend 3 posts from fellow evangelist and all...
  • Windows Phone announcement this afternoon.

      Our press site says Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will host a press conference at Mobile World Congress 2010. Watch the live Webcast  Recording here   on Feb. 15 starting at 6 a.m. PST/3 p.m. CET.  That’s 2PM UK time, and thanks to...
  • Giant Deepzoom mosaic, in a good cause.

    I’ve been sorting out photos recently, and came across a ton of miniature Formula one images which I turned into a Mosaic which ran to about 60MegaPixels. That was in 2002 and I haven’t done much with mosaics for several years and keep meaning to try ...